The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Monday that the Israeli regime supplied “Super-Dvora MK III” navy boats to Myanmar as recently as April, “when the Myanmar… army was already being accused of war crimes.” Keep Reading
Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a donors meeting on Monday that his country was pursuing efforts with Myanmar to find a “durable solution” to the crisis. But Myanmar continued to issue “propaganda projecting Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh,” Reuters reported. Keep Reading
“An emergency, food, life support and hygiene package has been prepared by the Red Crescent to be sent to Myanmar,” said the head of the organisation, Morteza Salimi, according to the ISNA news agency. Keep Reading
In her first reaction to the events, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the ruling party in Myanmar and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was criticized by the media for her silence against the killing of the Rohingya minority, declared that her supports all people in the state of Rakhine.
She also criticized the “a huge iceberg of misinformation” that are aligned with the interests of the terrorists.
According to a post sent by Aung San Suu Kyi´s office to Facebook on Wednesday, said she had spoken with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an about the crisis that he has repeatedly called a “genocide”.
Over the past two weeks, more than 123,000 Rohingya Muslims have escaped from Rakhine, northern Myanmar, and have taken refuge in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.
She said the government “had already started defending all the people in Rakhine in the best way possible and expressed that there should be no misinformation to create trouble between the two countries”.
“That kind of fake information which was inflicted on the deputy prime minister was simply the tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch announced two days ago that more than 30,000 Rohingya runaways escaped from Myanmar troops to the mountain of Rakhine and are trapped there without access to water, food, and health services.
United Nations estimating that more than 123,000 refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in less than two weeks to escape persecution. Yet amid a crisis increasingly described as genocide, Myanmar’s state counselor and former Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has remained conspicuously silent.
The Muslim minority group mostly lives in Rakhine state, where they have limited rights and are classified as illegal immigrants rather than citizens. They have long been victims of state-sponsored discrimination and abuse ? including what the U.N. has deemed possible crimes against humanity.
In addition to those who have fled the country, tens of thousands of Rohingya are internally displaced. Security officials have carried out gruesome violence, including killings, rapes and arson, against the Rohingya community in recent days.
CEO of the advocacy group Fortify Rights, Matthew Smith, told NPR that “The brutality is unthinkable, [Myanmar’s security forces] are killing children. They’re killing women. They’re killing the elderly. They’re killing able-bodied men and boys. It’s indiscriminate.”
But Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner and activist during Myanmar’s decades-long military dictatorship, has kept quiet in the face of mounting international pressure to address the unfolding crisis. Her inaction has even stirred discussion of revoking the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.”
In a rare interview with the BBC in April, Suu Kyi denied that ethnic cleansing was taking place in Rakhine state, calling it “too strong a term.”
Suu Kyi declared that she wanted to run for president in Myanmar’s 2015 election, but the country’s constitution barred her from doing so because she had married a foreigner and had foreign children. The role of state counselor, which is similar to prime minister, was instead established for her in 2016.
Calls for Suu Kyi to take action have come from concerned parties around the world, including 20-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai.